Vuelta a Murcia

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Vuelta a Murcia
Race details
DateMid-February
RegionRegion of Murcia, Spain
English nameTour of Murcia
Local name(s)Vuelta Ciclistica a la Region di Murcia
DisciplineRoad race
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour
Type
  • Stage race (until 2012, 2019–2020)
  • One-day race (2013–2018, 2021)
Web sitewww.vueltamurcia.es Edit this at Wikidata
History
First edition1981 (1981)
Editions41 (as of 2021)
First winner Pedro Delgado (ESP)
Most wins Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (5 wins)
Most recent Antonio Jesús Soto (ESP)

The Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia (English: Tour of Murcia) is a road bicycle race held in and around Murcia, Spain. The first four editions were reserved to amateurs. Originally the race was held in early March and consisted of five stages. However, due to Spain's financial turmoil, the race was scaled back to three stages in 2011 and two stages in 2012.[1] From 2013 to 2018 the Vuelta a Murcia was organised as a single-day race and shifted to mid-February on the international calendar.[2] In 2019 the race was expanded to two stages.[3] It is part of the UCI Europe Tour as a 2.1 event.[3] However, due to the postponement of the 2021 edition to May, the race was reverted to its one-day nature, with the expectation that the race will continue as a two-day event in future editions.[4]

Controversies[edit]

All Italian teams were banned from taking part in the 2010 edition of the race by race organizers. This decision was made due to the banning of Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde by the Italian Olympic Committee due to his links with the Operación Puerto blood doping ring.[5]

In 2011 Alberto Contador won both the overall and points classification after winning Stage 2 and the Stage 3 individual time trial. However, in February 2012 he was suspended and all his results after July 2010 were voided, awarding Jérôme Coppel of Saur Sojasun the overall victory.[6]

Past winners – men's race[edit]

Year Country Rider Team
1981  Spain Pedro Delgado
1982  Spain Salvador Sanchis
1983  Spain Francisco Javier Cedena
1984  Spain Ricardo Martinez
1985  Spain José Recio Kelme
1986  Spain Miguel Indurain Reynolds
1987  Spain Pello Ruiz Cabestany Caja Rural-Seat
1988  Spain Carlos Hernández Teka
1989  Spain Marino Alonso Teka
1990  Netherlands Tom Cordes Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1991  Spain José Luis Villanueva ONCE
1992  Colombia Álvaro Mejía Postobón
1993  Spain Carlos Galarreta Deportpublic
1994  Spain Melchor Mauri Banesto
1995  Italy Adriano Baffi Mapei-GB
1996  Spain Melchor Mauri ONCE
1997  Spain Juan Carlos Domínguez Kelme-Costa Blanca
1998  Italy Alberto Elli Casino–Ag2r
1999  Italy Marco Pantani Mercatone Uno–Bianchi
2000  Spain David Cañada ONCE–Deutsche Bank
2001  Spain Aitor González Kelme-Costa Blanca
2002  Colombia Víctor Hugo Peña U.S. Postal Service
2003  Spain Javier Pascual Llorente Kelme-Costa Blanca
2004  Spain Alejandro Valverde Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme
2005  Spain Koldo Gil Liberty Seguros–Würth
2006  Spain José Iván Gutiérrez[7] Caisse d'Epargne–Illes Balears
2007  Spain Alejandro Valverde Caisse d'Epargne
2008  Spain Alejandro Valverde Caisse d'Epargne
2009  Russia Denis Menchov Rabobank
2010  Czech Republic František Raboň Team HTC–Columbia
2011  France Jérôme Coppel Saur–Sojasun
2012  Colombia Nairo Quintana Movistar Team
2013  Spain Daniel Navarro Cofidis
2014  Spain Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team
2015  Estonia Rein Taaramäe Astana
2016  Belgium Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team
2017  Spain Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team
2018  Spain Luis León Sánchez Astana
2019  Spain Luis León Sánchez Astana
2020  Belgium Xandro Meurisse Circus–Wanty Gobert
2021  Spain Antonio Jesús Soto Euskaltel–Euskadi

Past winners – women's race[edit]

Year Country Rider Team
2018  Spain Gloria Rodriguez Movistar Team

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Economic crisis hits Tour of Murcia". Cyclingnews. Future Publishing Limited. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  2. ^ Axelgaard, Emil. "Vuelta a Murcia preview". Cycling Quotes. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia (2.1) on BikeRaceInfo.
  4. ^ "The 41st Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia "Costa Cálida"-Gran Premio Banco Sabadell, to start from Los Alcázares and finish on Alcantarilla". Vuelta a Murcia. 20 April 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Tour of Murcia bars Italian teams". Cyclingnews. Future Publishing Limited. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  6. ^ Stokes, Shane (6 February 2012). "Confirmed: Contador handed two year doping ban,loses 2010 Tour title". VeloNation. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  7. ^ http://masdeporte.as.com/masdeporte/2006/07/02/polideportivo/1151877902_850215.html

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